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What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a patient-centred, non-invasive, hands-on, regulated health care profession focused on your spine, muscles, joints and nervous system. After an initial appointment to assess your condition, your chiropractor will use their clinical expertise and the best available evidence to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment options for you.
Chiropractic care is the primary method of treatment for many medical conditions, such as low back pain, neck pain and extremity pain. For other conditions, such as pain associated with arthritis, diabetes or osteoporosis, chiropractors and other health professionals recommend an interprofessional approach.
So in these situations, your chiropractor will coordinate with other health care professionals in your circle of care to support your overall treatment with chiropractic care to relieve your spine, muscle or joint pain.
Chiropractors use the best available evidence and clinical expertise to diagnose issues that affect your body’s movement. They treat them without medication or surgery and prevent them from returning. Chiropractic care can also promote health and improve your quality of life, as well as alleviate pain.
What Chiropractic Care helps with
As primary care practitioners, chiropractors can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment plan. Chiropractors can diagnose and manage a variety of musculoskeletal problems that include ankle sprains, knee injuries, rotator cuff tears, headaches and concussions. Chiropractors are one of only seven classes of health care professionals in Ontario that are able to use the title Doctor, with its accompanying rights and obligations. Chiropractors work in a variety of settings such as private practice, family health teams, hospitals, universities and many more.
Manipulation / Adjustments
One of the most frequent treatments a chiropractor uses is manual manipulation of the vertebrae of your spine or other joints, which is called an ‘adjustment.’ To perform an adjustment, your chiropractor will use their hands to apply controlled force to your joint and guide it through a range of motion. This action restores your joint’s natural movement and improves its function.
When applied to your spine, this treatment is called spinal manipulation therapy (SMT). Manipulation is also used on other joints, such as those in your wrist, ankle or foot, as an effective treatment.
Patients receiving an adjustment can expect the doctor to bring the affected joint to the edge of its range of motion, then deliver a short fast bump that will often result in a popping sound. This sound is made by the formation and collapse of gas bubbles inside the joint and is called a cavitation. Chiropractic adjusting is a safe and effective tool for addressing localized pain and loss of mobility.
While many patients can remember the exact moment they first felt the pain of their injury, the majority are at a loss as to why the injury occurred. Most acute soft tissue injuries are a result of overloading the capacity of the body whether through improper training, deconditioning or fatigue. While persistent pain is seen as multifactorial, meaning it should be managed with more than just manual therapy. As a healthcare practitioner, Dr. Zuback prides herself on educating her patients as to why the injury occurred in the first place and, thus, helps prevent future recurrence. Injury education and suggestions of activity modification are key components to her treatment plans.
Manual Soft Tissue Treatment
In addition to an adjustment, your chiropractor can do much more to help relieve specific types of pain or conditions while also improving how you move and function. One common tool is soft tissue therapy, which can help you with your pain, function, and overall musculoskeletal health.
Soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons, may exhibit abnormal tension due to posture, traumatic injury, or strain or sprain from a specific activity. The tension may produce pain, tenderness and/or cause movement dysfunctions and can manifest many ways, including trigger points. We often refer to a trigger point as a taut band of muscle that can be painful upon compression and can give rise to referred pain and motor dysfunction, sometimes referred to as a knot or “kink”.
Dr Zuback utilizes a combination of several techniques that can help manage pain and treat trigger points. Some common soft tissue techniques include ART, FRC, FDM, Graston as well as general massage therapy.
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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue
Dr. Zuback regularly utilizes a variety of soft tissue techniques and regularly incorporates the use of stainless steel tools in the treatment of ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization or IASTM is the term for when a tool is used to aid with soft tissue therapy. It has become a popular choice for soft tissue therapy as it’s non-invasive, effective and efficient in treating patients. These tools act as a substitute for the doctor’s hands, allowing them to feel and affect the tissue in a different manner than with their hands alone.
During an instrument-assisted soft tissue treatment, patients can expect the doctor to use a lotion on the skin to reduce friction. The doctor will scrape the tool over the targeted tissue to help increase blood flow to tissue, improve range of motion, and ultimately help to decrease pain.
Kin Tape involves placing strips of tape on the skin to correct muscle function, provide support and improve circulatory and neurological function. Kin tape has a unique construction, designed to have a one-way stretch with a weight and thickness similar to human skin. Kin tape is different from conventional athletic tape in how it is made and how it functions.
Made famous by Michael Phelps’ deep purple “dots” in the 2016 Rio Olympics; Cupping is an ancient, but effective Chinese technique used in massage therapy.
Utilizing special “cups” that are applied directly to the skin, a vacuum is created lightly pulling the soft issues outward (as opposed to the inward pressure of a traditional massage). The vacuum created by the cups draws circulating blood to the area and gently holds the tissues in a sustained micro stretch, increasing healing in the tissues and reducing muscle tension.
Dr. Zuback uses cupping therapy to help reduce pain, inflammation, boost blood flow, and promote relaxation.
Have Questions? Here's what you can expect from your first visit
Dr Zuback may be treating your back, neck, headache, or other area of pain, but first she needs a complete picture of your health history and current health in order to provide the best possible treatment for you. On your first visit she will take the time to hear about the details of your pain and use a comprehensive exam to help determine the cause of your pain/injury.
Following the first visit, you will receive a comprehensive report of findings, where your questions will be answered and your pain/injury better understood. Dr. Zuback will go over her recommendations of care based on the evidence, her clinical experience and your preferences and goals.
If a condition should be treated by another health care professional, Dr. Zuback will make a referral. Click "learn more" to get a better understanding of what you should expect during your first chiropractic visit.